Score One For Safety
Castles


5.0
classic

Review

by matthew turok USER (30 Reviews)
May 5th, 2010 | 33 replies | 7,479 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A call, an ode to joy. What dark dream does our life destroy? What hand? What voice? What guide? We have reached the end of our night...

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Score One For Safety was a regrettably short-lived screamo band consisting of current members of All Of The Empires Of The World, Lahars, and hopefully other great bands that I have yet to discover. This EP is one of the most profound examples of songwriting maturation I have ever come across. SOFS first EP, Animals And Objects (hint to the meds), was pretty tasty, a bit haphazardly composed, pretty amateur sounding, but def some quality skramz. YONI/Like A Rice-Filled Bird, You Explode was a drastic change of sound for the band, where they explored breakbeat and post-rock soundscapes. The band went from just another screamo band to an epic emotional journey loaded with ambient interludes and intense outbursts. Castles is the pinnacle of this growth. Everything about it is perfect. Straight from the beginning, you find yourself gimmick free. No sound clips, no pointless (if enjoyable) intros, just straight to the point with shrieking and an airy riff. At 35 seconds, the band breaks down to just drums and bass, and then into a beautiful clean guitar break, here the band shows themselves able to experiment with new things AND to piece them together with such wonderful flow. The loud to quiet transitions sound more natural than anything else of the sort I have ever heard.

Simon's vocal display on this album is such a drastic improvement, that I as a vocalist, must address it. On Animals And Objects everything he did sounded strained, his clean singing was flat, but it was still enjoyable. On YONI, he sounded fine, but the mix wasn't right. On Castles, you'll hear one of the most incredible pterodactyl shrieks ever, mixed with a Dallas Taylor-esque "talk screaming" approach, and... wow, this dude can sing. Much less hardcore-ish mid range. Just shrieks, short bursts of speaking, and beautiful clean singing mostly in the background. There's even a segment towards the end of Castles with a-ca-pella singing that's not just ambient vocalization, and seriously, it's one of the most beautiful moments of the entire EP.

Anyway, back to the EP as a whole. Each song has a clearly established start and finish, however, the whole album flows so well that it might as well be one, perfect song. I cannot help but address how perfectly these guys figured out how to piece everything together. The soundscapes at the beginning of Castles II would not work nearly as well without the clean vocalizations over top, and the dissonant segment following would be lent to nothing but screams on previous releases. The song lengths aren't forcibly long like so many other "post-rock" influenced releases, though the first track has that building and unleashing 7 minute torrent of emotion that we all love so much, Castles II achieves this in just over 3 minutes, no contrived scraps-pieced-together b.s. here.

Oh and since they uploaded this themselves:
http://rapidshare.com/files/81295105/SOFS_-_Castles_EP.zip.html



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witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Another serious review?! What am I thinking?

SeaAnemone
May 5th 2010



19922 Comments


Yoni was pretty mediocre but I may check this out

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love YONI. :c

But this is waaaaaay more matured.

soundless
May 5th 2010



171 Comments


a month in the dark is not part of this ep

SeaAnemone
May 5th 2010



19922 Comments


to be honest I only listened to it once though... good review though!

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks bru. c:

Soundless, it's included as a part of the EP on their blog. It might not have been originally, but when they put everything up for DL on their myspace, they included it as a part of this EP.

Refl
May 5th 2010



43 Comments


I'll let simon know about this lovely review.

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice.

SlightlyEpic
May 5th 2010



5780 Comments


I like this a lot but evidently not as much as you do, giving it another listen nowwww

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I'm pretty obsessed with this EP.

SmurkinGherkin
May 5th 2010



1769 Comments


fuck i need this

yoni is really awesome

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

put the download link in dis for yew mister :3

witchxrapist
May 5th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh man, someone negged one of my reviews. How surprising!

HighandDriving
May 5th 2010



3270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decent review, much better than your others. Guess those internet classes really paid off.

Parallels
May 5th 2010



6641 Comments


someone saw "witchxrapist" and immediately went to neg it.
its not a bad review though. good job

kitsch
May 5th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i used to like this band until i listened to them more than twice

Roach
May 5th 2010



2149 Comments


joe mcgone[notcomingback]

witchxrapist
May 6th 2010



11009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

kitsch... what does this sound like in the screamo scene? it's far too stand-out to be average

kitsch
May 9th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i just dont like it, especially the vocals

thomasj12e34
May 9th 2010



195 Comments


dude the vocals are sick on this, and i like how they're higher in the mix then on yoni, these guys were definitely one of the better post-rock/screamo bands



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